Definitions for: Harpoon


[n] a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
[v] spear with a harpoon; "harpoon whales"



Webster (1913) Definition: Har*poon", n. [F. harpon, LL. harpo, perh. of Ger.
origin, fr. the harp; cf. F. harper to take and grasp
strongly, harpe a dog's claw, harpin boathook (the sense of
hook coming from the shape of the harp); but cf. also Gr. ?
the kite, sickle, and E. harpy. Cf. Harp.]
A spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as
whales; a harping iron. It consists of a long shank, with a
broad, fiat, triangular head, sharpened at both edges, and is
thrown by hand, or discharged from a gun.

Harpoon fork, a kind of hayfork, consisting of bar with
hinged barbs at one end a loop for a rope at the other
end, used for lifting hay from the load by horse power.

Harpoon gun, a gun used in the whale fishery for shooting
the harpoon into a whale.


Har*poon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harpooned; p. pr. &
vb. n. Harpooning.]
To strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon.

See Also: catch, fishgig, fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, fizgig, fluke, gig, grab, harpoon line, lance, rig, spear, tackle, take hold of

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